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Re: how to select all graphics in a notebook?

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  • Subject: [mg89017] Re: [mg89003] how to select all graphics in a notebook?
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 03:50:37 -0400 (EDT)
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On Fri, 23 May 2008 03:09:05 -0400 (EDT), GS wrote:
> In version 5 of Mathematica I used a pallete SelectAll.nb (http://
> to select all graphics cells in an open notebook. The selection is
> implemented via command NotebookFind[SelectedNotebook[ ], "Graphics",
> All, CellStyle]. Unfotunately, it does not work any more with version
> 6 of Mathematica.
> Does anybody know how to select all graphics in a notebook at once? I
> do not want to go through menu and click on each cell. I have many
> plots in my notebooks, and to save space I would like to select them
> all, and then convert into  bitmap.
> Thank you.
> GS

Interestingly, we had a similar problem when generating our help notebooks. 
With thousands of notebook files, we wanted to reduce space without 
fundamentally changing the notebook format or introducing intermediate
steps, so that customers could reasonably download a product image from
the Wolfram store with full documentation.

To resolve this, I created a method for converting cells to bitmaps 
conditionally based upon whether doing so would actually reduce the byte count 
of the file.  As a part of the documentation build process, this is applied to 
all output cells.  This means that some graphical output cells are not bitmaps 
(because the underlying expression was smaller than the bitmap), and also that 
some textual outputs are bitmaps (because the bitmap compressed even better than 
the textual representation).  Additionally, the conditional conversion will
refuse to convert any cell with a Dynamic[] inside of it, so that interfaces
will continue to function.

To invoke this functionality, do...

NotebookFind[InputNotebook[], "Output", All, CellStyle];
 InputNotebook[], "SelectionConvert", "BitmapConditional"];

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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